Review: I Am Justice by Diana Muñoz Stewart

Posted May 15, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 19 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: I Am Justice by Diana Muñoz Stewart
I Am Justice

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Series: Band of Sisters #1
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on May 1, 2018
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

If you’re looking for gritty, action-packed and twisting romantic suspense  with a super-spy vibe, then look no further.  I was eager to give this new to me author and new series a go as soon as I took one look at the blurb.  It jumped right into the thick of things and didn’t let go making me feel I was watching an action or thriller movie rather than merely reading print.

Review

I Am Justice was an overall win.  I’m all in with the secret society of sisters who trained to be lethal operatives and who fight human trafficking and injustice as shadowy vigilantes outside government and have equally powerful enemies.  It’s a strong premise and looks to be a solid start for a new series.

I say ‘overall’ because there are also individual components that were distracting for me.  I admit it, I’m tough on heroines and in this case it was several smaller things that started adding up.  I found Justice engaging if I didn’t take her or others around her at her own word.  She’s a hot head, impulsive and less skilled and trained than she is purported to be.   I liked that she had deep feelings and they drove her, but at the same time, her feelings drove unwise actions and choices which kept me from buying in totally to her being a competent operative.  I got a picture of her in my mind because of what she thought, said, and did, but then the descriptions of her wouldn’t mesh.  Basically, I was told how good she was, but saw only fleeting evidence of it.  I don’t know, I guess it’s me reading a ton of thrillers and seeing what black ops folks tend to be like and I found Justice naive and under-skilled for what she was attempting to pull off.

Then there was the pace and flow of the romance.  Granted, it can be tricky to write a romance into an action packed suspense thriller story so I give it a little break.  My struggle was that Justice rushed into her feelings, let her lust guide her, and the romance faster than someone like her normally would have- growing up tough and hard and betrayed by family into being sold or killed and then her work out in the dark, gritty underbelly of the world would have taken longer to make this sort of connection- or at least denied or put off the connection longer.  I finally just let that go and went with it to an extent because I loved her with Sandesh.

And, that leads me to the strengths of this series.  I loved the band out to save the world and make a family the way they did and I loved Sandesh as the hero and just what Justice needed.  He’s had his own past and troubles to deal with and he’s competent and smart.  He’s not intimidated by a woman like Justice.

I also enjoyed the thriller quality of not knowing who to trust.  Anyone could be the betrayer from with in.  The villain gets a voice in the narrative and I was okay with it, but didn’t really feel it added much.

So, all in all, this was a good start and I think people who love super strong heroines and gritty action will get a kick out of this new series.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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About Diana Muñoz Stewart

Diana Muñoz Stewart is the award-winning, romantic suspense author of the Band of Sisters series, which includes I Am Justice (Sourcebooks Casablanca). She lives in eastern Pennsylvania in an often chaotic and always welcoming home that—depending on the day—can include husband, kids, extended family, friends, and a canine or two. When not writing, Diana can be found kayaking, doing sprints up her long driveway—harder than it sounds–practicing yoga on her deck, flying, climbing, or hiking with the man who’s had her heart since they were teens. Find Diana at www.dianamunozstewart.com.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Melliane
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Oh yes I heard about this one and I was in fact curious to try as well

Sophia Rose
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Worth it, Melliane! Grab it when you get the chance. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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That does sound pretty good and I like the cover for this one.

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, Mary. This was a release I wasn’t expecting, but I took one look at the blurb and a second look at the cover. It was a done deal. 🙂

Barks Book Nonsense
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Glad the book matched the lovely cover.

Sophia Rose
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Yep! It was as kickbutt at that gal’s expression on the cover, for sure. 🙂

Bookworm Brandee
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Bookworm Brandee

I really like the sound of this, Sophia, but your issues with it are valid. I think it’s important that a character’s actions and words reconcile with how others see them and how they’re conveyed. But I’m happy that the good seems to have outweighed those issues because this does sound like a rather exciting start to a new series. I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Once in a while, I come across a book where the narrative doesn’t quite jive with what I’m seeing in my mind so its a struggle to keep from being distracted by it. Fortunately, it was just here and there in this one. Hope you like it, Brandee!

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer
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Sometimes you need to swallow the little blue pill and go with it..lol But I can see where her actions might not have rung true. You do have me curious about the series.

Sophia Rose
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This is very true. I swallowed the pill so I could enjoy all the other stuff. 🙂 It promises to be a good series. 🙂

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading
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It does sound good and I am glad you were able to enjoy despite the issues you had with the heroine.

Sophia Rose
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It was a blast, Nadene. I made them sound like a big deal in the review, but it was small stuff. LOL

Debbie Haupt
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Debbie Haupt

I’ve seen other people review her Sophia Rose maybe even it was you LOL. I’ve never had the pleasure of reading her but this looks like something I could sink my teeth in!

Sophia Rose
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This was my first time reading her books, but definitely won’t be my last. I think you’ll find this an exciting one, Debbie. 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Truthfully, I think it all depends on my mood. Most days, its just something I’ll notice and shrug at, but there are a few days when it will distract me too much to enjoy the book. Thanks, Alyssa!

Enjoy your evening! 🙂

Lily B
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sounds really dark and exciting o.o I do love the sound of this one

Sophia Rose
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The human trafficking element will always go there, but there are other elements that add to the dark and exciting part of the story. It’s a good one, Lily. 🙂

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oh that sounds like an exciting series set up. Frustrating when their actions don’t mesh with what your told, though. Hopefully as the series goes that will lessen.

Sophia Rose
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I hope so. She wasn’t a terrible heroine just a hot head. Her sisters are not that way so maybe it will just be with this one.